Thursday, May 24, 2018

LACMA's Islamic art curator on her ambitious new exhibition on Iran

By Nilina Mason-Campbell
Afsoon, Shah and His Three Queens, from the series “Fairytale Icons” (2009). Collection of Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller © Afsoon, photo courtesy Leila Heller Gallery.
LOS ANGELES---The new exhibit “In the Fields of Empty Days: The Intersection of Past and Present in Iranian Art” is the culmination of four years of work by LACMA’s Islamic art curator, Linda Komaroff. Assembling some 125 works of art, from photography to painting,and from posters to political cartoons, the striking show explores an intriguing and scholarly theme: the creative use of anachronism within Iranian art, showing both how tradition animates the present and how reference to the past can be a vehicle for subversive commentary today. [More]

Beyond Diego and Frida at Metropolitan Museum of Art

By By Andrea Rodés
The Elevation of the Cross, Antonio de Torres, 1718. © Museum Associates/LACMA
While the interest for contemporary artists of Hispanic origin has been gaining ground in the American artistic scene, Latin American colonial art has always been the great forgotten. In an effort to make an exercise of historical review and raise the value of art that occurred in America after the colonization of the Spanish, the Metropolitan Museum of New York has just opened an exhibition on Mexican art of the century XVIII: "Painted in Mexico. 1700-1790" (link is external), an exhibition where portraits and works of great masters are mixed with pieces of religious art, and "casta paintings" , and making evidence of a growing interest in the Latin American artistic production beyond contemporary art, avant-garde and modernity. [More]

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Dynastic Buddhist art offers aesthetic choices at Gianguan Auctions

Buddha Amitabha, bronze, with four character Xuande mark. Lot 228. Gianguan Auctions, June 9, 2018.
NYC---With a growing reputation for offering Chinese religious art at accessible estimates, Gianguan Auctions is poised to present an outstanding collection of bronze, jade and ceramic Buddhist statues in its Saturday, June 9 sale. Of exceptional quality is a rare Northern Zhou seated Buddha. From the Ming comes a rare gilt bronze figure of Buddha Amitabha. While the Buddha is depicted seated in dhyanasana, the left hand holds a floral lotus amphora, all beneath a spherical finial. The cinched pedestal is encircled by two tiers of elaborate lotus lappet. Of the period, the casting bears the four character Xuande mark. It is Lot 228. To view details of these Buddhist statues and more, please visit the Gianguan Auctions catalog at [More]